Skip to main content
Premium Trial:

Request an Annual Quote

Hoisted by Their Own Petard

Premium

Some cancer cells eat sugar, glucose to be exact. But what happens when cancer cells eat the wrong kind of sugar? As researchers in Japan and California found out, it poisons them and leaves them vulnerable to attack, reports New Scientist. The researchers found that tricking the cells into consuming 2-deoxyglucose, a glucose-like sugar, "dislodges a protein within the cell that guards a suicide switch," New Scientist says. Then the switch can be turned on, and the cancer cell destroyed. This could work for several different kinds of cancer, the researcher say in their study published in Cancer Research. When this approach was tried in a mouse model of human cancer, it made the aggressive human prostate tumors "virtually disappear within days," New Scientist adds.

The Scan

More Boosters for US

Following US Food and Drug Administration authorization, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has endorsed booster doses of the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson SARS-CoV-2 vaccines, the Washington Post writes.

From a Pig

A genetically modified pig kidney was transplanted into a human without triggering an immune response, Reuters reports.

For Privacy's Sake

Wired reports that more US states are passing genetic privacy laws.

Science Paper on How Poaching Drove Evolution in African Elephants

In Science this week: poaching has led to the rapid evolution of tuskless African elephants.